This book is an imaginative story about a character called Fortitude. As his name suggests, he represents the courage needed to face the challenges we all come up against in life. The bright and lively images take children on a journey that considers how they might tackle the ‘I can’t do this’ moments they will inevitably encounter.
Children should be explicitly taught not to give up on a task just because they cannot do something immediately. Effort, perseverance and a simple motto (which the story explores) are the start to training the mind in order to achieve, learn and grow.
This is the Growth Mindset. The ‘I Can’t Do This’ story offers an entertaining way to open up a discussion with youngsters about the importance of adopting a growth mindset in life. It is specifically aimed at children aged 7 – 11 although anyone, including adults, could benefit from considering the motto explored. In this sense, the story has universal appeal, told in an endearing, imaginative style aimed at children.
This is a fantastic book! Original and inspiring.Brilliantly written and beautifully illustrated.Every page is a delight! A lovely book to share that will appeal to both children and adults alike. ‘I can’t do this…’ deserves to be on the bookshelves of all schools and homes that believe in positive thinking. I do hope there will be more in the series as we all need a little ‘Fortitude’
I absolutely recommend this beautifully written and illustrated book by Katie Walton. Her passion for the power of the growth mindset shines through every page of the story about Fortitude, who gets the better of his negative mindset with the simple word ‘yet’. Katie’s website gives welcome suggestions for how to use the book with children, whether in a school or home setting. The growth mindset is the single most important ingredient in successful learning, so this story, and its message, is a vital and accessible vehicle for helping children develop their own growth mindsets.
Amazing book! I used this to introduce growth mindset with the children in my school and also in a workshop for parents. It has greatly enhanced the children language of learning and promoted their confidence with making mistakes and being challenged. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone trying to change the mindset of children (or adults!) to increase pupil motivation and deepen pupil understanding of learning.